Conference 2016 – Nova MBA
How to follow

Please join the conference at this link if you cannot attend in person.

All panels and keynotes will be available here after the conference

Conference Themes

Please join the conference at this link if you cannot attend in person.

All panels and keynote will be available here after the conference

Italian Excellence

How do Italian excellences grow in nowadays global economy?


How can the financial sector support growth?


Why isn’t the Silicon Valley in Piacenza?

Women in Business

How does female leadership shape business society?


How can MBAs contribute to the development of the Italian economy?

Confirmed Speakers

Franco Bianchi

Chief Executive Office


Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Chairman of the Board

Société Générale

Giovanni Bossi

Chief Executive Officer

Banca IFIS

Paola Caburlotto



Alberto Candellero

President Latin America

Dolce & Gabbana

Giuseppe Castagna

Chief Executive Officer


Giuseppe Finocchiaro

Consul General


Simonetta Iarlori

Chief Operating Officer

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Joseph Liotine

President North America


Roberto Nicastro


“Good Banks”

Alessandro Penati


Quaestio Capital

Angelo Petrosillo

CEO and Founder


Barbara Poggiali

EVP Marketing

Poste Italiane

Ignazio Rocco di Torrepadula

Founder & CEO


Paola Sapienza


Kellogg School of Management

Pietro Sella

Chief Executive Office

Banca Sella Group

Aldo Uva

Chief Operating Officer


Luigi Zingales


Chicago Booth

and more to come...

Why to attend the conference?


Unique opportunity to network with speakers and 200+ MBA students and alumni; dedicated networking sessions with speakers for selected MBA students


Recruiting with top multinational firms through dedicated face-to-face sessions for selected applicants (e.g. Whirlpool, Roland Berger, BCG, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Accenture, and others)


Extraordinary panels and keynotes with 20+ top executive speakers and representatives of world-class institutions

venues and services

Primary locations and services for the entire conference (e.g. Gala dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago, renovated by Renzo Piano and among the Top 3 museums in the world for TripAdvisor)



Friday, November 11th

Evening, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cocktail reception hosted by Brooks Brothers @ the Rookery Building, 209 South La Salle Street, Chicago


Saturday, November 12th

Morning, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast hosted by Ferrero

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Speech, Luigi Zingales

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Panel, Italian Excellence

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Keynote Speech, Accenture

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Panel, Finance


Lunch, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Afternoon, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Keynote speech, Ferrero

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Keynote speech, Whirpool

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Panel, Start-ups

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. – Keynote speech, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti


Evening, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Cocktail reception at the Art Institute of Chicago

 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Gala Dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago


Sunday, November 13th

Morning, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Breakfast and Networking (optional)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Panel, Female leadership

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. – Keynote speech, Sella

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Coffee Break

12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Keynote speech, Castagna

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Panel, Talents


Lunch, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.



Tickets include participation to all the conference events and to the Gala Dinner.

Tickets are available for:

1. Prospective and current MBA students @ $140

2. MBA Alumni @ $190

3. External (non-MBA attentands) @ $230

4. Significant others (Gala Dinner only, max 1 per regular ticket) @ $110


Tickets can be purchased HERE




 We are thankful to these companies and institutions for their support 





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